Wow! Catering is expensive!

posted 2 months ago in Engagement
Post # 2
3703 posts
Sugar bee

Geekchick42 :  yes, catering is unfortunately not cheap. Ours was $35 PP for buffet style, plus $16 PP for open bar, and that was actually quite reasonable for this area (northeastern MD). It was quite the sticker shock to say the least! Hang in there, don’t give up on looking for a caterer that fits your budget. Maybe if you post what area you live in, other bees in your area can point you in the right direction. Good luck!

Post # 3
2743 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Have you looked at restaurants in your area who do family style catering? Usually catering companies are more expensive. The only thing that you would have to consider would be set up and take down as well as providing plates and silverware since caterers often provide that as well. If you’re having a smaller wedding I would look into this option. 

Post # 4
1216 posts
Bumble bee

Don’t forget to add on gratuity and tax. That will add another 25 – 35%, depending on where you go.  And the gratuity is taxable in many (most?) states.

Post # 6
6249 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

yeah I was sticker shocked as well, when it came to catering.

We ended up getting a wood-oven pizza company that brings their oven to you and makes pizzas on the spot.

That would’ve been way cheaper than regular catering but we had to hire a bartender and two staff members (who helped set up both the venue and the tables, helped run the pizzas from the oven to the buffet line, poured waters, bussed tables and handled general clean up) and in the end the staff + the food itself came up to the same price as if we’d gone with a regular caterer who provides both.. though of course we did get more out of them (since they did general setup and general cleanup) than if we’d gone with a caterer.

 *shrug* turns out for the most part, that’s just the price of things.  You can shave off a little bit, cost-wise, but if you want to spend less you need to expect less is basically what we found out.

We’re still happy we went with the pizza–it was amazing and everyone loved it. 🙂

Post # 8
696 posts
Busy bee

Catering is very expensive!  It varies from place to place but I was able to get it for $12.50 pp but that was from a caterer who catered from her home & we live in a really small town. Maybe if you ask around you could find someone like that (still licensed & insured, a legit business but cheaper bc of the lack of overhead cost) 

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